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Harvard GSD receives historic $15 million donation from Ronald M. Druker

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Harvard GSD receives historic $15 million donation from Ronald M. Druker. Harvard GSD’s Gund Hall will undergo renovation and expansion thanks to funding from the donation. (Kris Snibbe)
Harvard GSD receives historic $15 million donation from Ronald M. Druker. Harvard GSD’s Gund Hall will undergo renovation and expansion thanks to funding from the donation. (Kris Snibbe)

This morning, Harvard’s Graduate School of Design announced that real estate and development magnate Druker Company President Ronald Druker made a $15 million donation to the school. The donation, the “largest single gift from an individual in the school’s history” will be used to fund the renovation and building expansion of Gund Hall.

Leading up to the donation, Druker worked with Dean and Alexander and Victoria Wiley Professor of Design at the GSD, Mohsen Mostafavi, to help strategize the school’s ambitions and needs to continue to achieve design innovation in the future. Harvard is renaming its primary exhibition gallery the “Druker Design Gallery” in his honor. “I am delighted that this generous gift from Ron, one of the GSD’s most prominent, committed, and long-standing advocates and supporters, will provide resources crucial to helping us move forward our plans to build new, innovative spaces of research and learning,” said Mostafavi in a statement. “It is equally meaningful and fitting for the school to be able to name its primary exhibition space in his honor.”

Gund Hall (Peter Vanderwarker)

Gund Hall (Peter Vanderwarker)

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